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Dear Carol: Is sharing funny caregiving situations with other caregivers disrespectful? My dad has dementia. I love him and would never hurt him, but his disease causes him to do strange things. Some of the situations are funny and if he catches himself, even he will laugh. I’m not laughing at him at all, but when I’m relaxing with a friend whose mom also has dementia, we’ll often tell each other about situations that are funny/sad. I guess I’m thinking that we’re human and also that we are seeing such serious decline that we occasionally have to let go and find something to laugh about. Still, sometimes when we do that, I feel guilty. What do you think? – LR

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